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Structure of the Program

All interns spend four days a week in schools working side by side with a trained mentor teacher. They also spend one day a week completing graduate coursework with Belmont faculty in the Department of Education and other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Education still supports our graduates after they graduate from our program. Our department offers a one-year guarantee letter for graduates to take to their hiring principal. This letter offers the support and guidance of Belmont faculty, upon request from the hiring principal, throughout the intern’s first year in the classroom independently.

Graduate Study in the Program

Interns can seek licensure in a number of areas (PreK-3, K-6, 4-8, and 7-12 content areas), and participate in professional experience course blocks that correspond to their licensure area.  Within the blocks, interns gain indepth knowledge and skills to help them manage their classrooms and increase student learning for all students in their classrooms. Coursework is aligned with the clinical experience. Assignments and experiences are designed to help our teacher candidates directly affect student learning during their intern year.

The Clinical Experience

As part of the clinical experience, teacher candidates spend at least one semester in an area Metro Nashville school, which is an urban and diverse public school district. By spending time teaching students in the Metro School district under the guide of Belmont faculty and an expert mentor teacher, Belmont’s teacher candidates gain the knowledge and skills to impact the learning of all students.  

Belmont interns have the opportunity to spend the spring semester in a variety of schools.  While many of our interns continue to work with our expert teachers in Metro Nashville a number of students experience opportunities in surrounding counties like Sumner County, Williamson County, Wilson County, and area private schools.  We work to tailor the clinical experience to each individual’s personal needs and goals.

“Knowing the ins and outs of how a school year starts is a priceless benefit of the internship program. Unlike many new teachers, I’ve done this once before. The best compliment I have received was from a seasoned teacher who told me, ‘I never would have guessed you were a new teacher!'”

-Ellen Haber, intern graduate and teacher at Ensworth